Manuel overdrive in Alonso pursuit

21 July 2009 05:22
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has reaffirmed his club's interest in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. Alonso is currently in Bangkok with his Liverpool colleagues preparing for Wednesday's friendly against Thailand. But with Pellegrini maintaining Real's desire to capture the Spanish international, the race for his signature could be widening. Sources in Spain insist that both Chelsea and Manchester City have been in touch with Alonso's agent to enquire about the current situation. Although Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez publicly states that he does not want to sell the 28 year-old, a bid of £30million-plus would probably change his mind. So far Madrid have refused to meet the asking price, but if Chelsea or Manchester City do become involved, it could well force up the price. Pellegrini said in an interview with Sky Sports: "Alonso is a very good player, but I do not know now what is going to happen. He is a Liverpool player, but we will see what happens in the future. He is a player that I like, but I cannot speak about players who are not at Real Madrid now."

Source: Eurosport